I am on the patient's list at the Westborough Road Health Clinic. I have been for years. In fact, ever since my youth, for despite the years I have lived within short distance of this facility all of my life.
I would not describe myself as a regular, but I have used this GP practise a number of times over the years, including twice this week. On every occasion I have received a courteous, professional, and impressive service. I have remained loyal to the doctors of my youth through the years because I am a satisfied customer.
I understand there are challenges, not least because recruitment of new doctors, so I am told, is ought but impossible at the moment.
I hope this surgery-cum-health centre remains open to service both loyal and long-standing patients, like me, as well as newcomers. I fear that we are entering an era when small, independent, surgeries are becoming scarcer. I think Southend-on-Sea will be the poorer for this.
I am not a stopper of change, but I do wonder what the current 'improvements' to the NHS will bring, and whether we, the public, will be the better for it.